Sep 26 2016
FROM BROKEN TRIPODS TO STUDENT EMMY’S
By Victoria Mendoza
We love hearing success stories because they prove how vital extra-curricular programs are to students. Without the support of generous donors, Support My Club would not be able to assist young-adults in the pursuit of their dreams. Christian Guzman’s testimony is a shining example of how YOUR contributions directly impacted his success in Journalism and Videography.
Christian Guzman, 18, says he would not be where he is today if it were not for his high school’s Journalism Club. As South Mountain High School alum, he recalls his experience in Journalism Club quite fondly. Most notably, he remembers the early struggles he and his classmates faced to make videos using limited resources, and how one organization helped them go from broken tripods to Student Emmy’s.
Guzman has always been able to connect with people through video. In 7th grade, he created a YouTube Channel where he opened up about real experiences as a young adult. Before entering high school, he used to pile books on top of each other to use as a makeshift tripod to hold his old camera steady. When you are young and funds are limited, you get creative.
Once in high school, Guzman became a member of Journalism Club, where the financial struggles only continued. He describes one of his first assignments as a “horrible nightmare.”
“The tripods were locking and the camera straps were falling apart,” he says. Though they had little equipment to work with, the club made it work for some time.
Then Support My Club came into the picture. The organization helped the students create a page on their website where donors could purchase items the Journalism Club desperately needed. The South Mountain club received items like new microphone packages, camera stabilizers, tripods and backpacks, to name a few.
“From then on, our video quality was much better. The cameras weren’t crooked, the tripods worked perfectly and our lives were made much easier.”
Now with proper resources, their videography skills improved. There was an immediate difference in the students’ work and the enthusiasm with which they produced projects. The team went on to earn several prestigious awards! In fact, this year, several of Guzman’s videos were nominated for Student Emmy’s- one of which was a commercial for SMC!! That alone proves what an impact clubs have on students. Guzman says he is thankful for the tools Support My Club and the donors gave him in order to work toward his dreams.